Latest brands confirm attendance at the Autumn event

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), Harris Gin, Arran Whisky and Douglas Laing are the latest
names to join the line-up at this year’s Stirling SpiritFEST.
The SMWS will host the opening night whisky tasting at Stirling Distillery – located just below Stirling
Castle – on Friday 28 th October as well as attending the Whisky Festival on the 29 th October. Douglas
Laing, “a proudly independent, family owned Scotch Whisky business in its third generation” will
host one of the whisky masterclasses during the festival. Coming all the way from the outer
Hebrides, Isle of Harris Distillery will be at the Gin Festival on Saturday 5 th November with their sugar
kelp infused Harris gin.
Joining the line-up are many other fantastic spirit producers including:

Indi Brands JG Thompson
Ardnamurichan Downpour
Fassfern Ginti
Clydeside Deanston
Kinrara Lin Gin
Lussa Ogilvy
Pentlands Hill Cockrail
Purist JG Thompson
Pixel Kilchoman
Lady of The Glen Wolfburn
Tomintoul Valentia
Wild Thyme Spirits Glencadam

Stirling SpiritFEST is the annual celebration of Scottish spirits and beyond, running from the 28 th
October through to the 6 th November and will include both gin and whisky festivals on back to back
weekends. The festival will offer more opportunities for spirit workshops and masterclasses and will
include a range of drinks-based events at venues across Stirling mid-week including a rum
masterclass from Matugga Rum Distillery.

The Stirling Whisky festival was launched in 2012 and now in its 11 th year, will be bigger than ever
with some of the most prestigious names in the Scottish Whisky industry attending. Each distilleries
from across Scotland and beyond share their latest and greatest spirits, offering masterclasses that
delve into the making, cask aging and bottling of mouth-watering whisky. In 2014 the Stirling Gin
Festival was launched – one of the first gin festivals in the UK – where we celebrate the best in
Scottish craft gins and the unique stories that accompany them. The popular cocktail masterclasses
will run through the day, giving any wannabe mixologists the opportunity to get their shakers out
and mix things up on their day out.

There will be a competition for the best dressed stall at both gin and whisky festivals so keep your
eyes peeled and vote for your favourite. Lindores Abbey distillery won best stall at the 2021 Stirling
Whisky Festival with a beautiful rustic display of their whisky and botanicals.

Finlay Geekie, owner of Wild Thyme Spirits who brought Colonsay gin to last year’s gin festival said:
“We had an absolute blast at the event – great venue – well attended – the gin drinkers of
Stirling were very generous in their praise for our products and purchased accordingly! We sold out
of three of the gins we brought along despite thinking we’d over stocked! We would highly
recommend this event to both gin consumers and gin producers alike!”.

Both events are being held at the beautiful Golden Lion hotel in Stirling City Centre with the rum
masterclass and gin tasting and ghost walk held at Stirling Distillery. The Gin and Whisky festivals
bring in around £400,000 to Stirling annually with this year expected to be even more as the
SpiritFEST spans 10 days with events across that time. If you would like to be an exhibitor at these
sell out events in 2022 visit: If you’re a local business
and would like to be included in the festival brochure, please email Full
details of the event can be found at

About Stirling Spirit Co
Stirling Spirit Co. was established in 2012 with the launch of the first Stirling Whisky Festival followed
by the Stirling Gin Festival in 2014. It is a successful Scottish event management company founded by
Cameron and June McCann who own Stirling Distillery. Their sell out events are attended by guests
from all over the globe. The company evolved in 2022 into Stirling SpiritFEST, a 10 day long festival of
Spirits in Stirlingshire.
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